• October 17, 2022

Bonnie Davis Injured in Truck Accident on Texas 43 in Panola County

Panola County, TX — September 28, 2022, 76-year-old Bonnie Davis was seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 43 in Panola County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. Highway 43 at FM 1794. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer southwest on the highway as Davis was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis northwest on the other side.

The truck driver told investigators he never saw the car, possibly due to a low hill that Davis would have crested just before the collision. The truck started to turn left onto FM 1794 and failed to yield to the Mercury, which crashed into the right side of the semi-trailer and became wedged underneath.

Davis suffered serious injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Bonnie Davis Injured in Truck Accident on Texas 43 in Panola County

Commentary on Bonnie Davis Accident in Panola County

According to reports the truck driver told investigators he never saw the victim's car before turning, but they still put the fault squarely on his failure to yield. Some may think that's straightforward enough that the victim would have little trouble getting the driver and his employer to accept responsibility, but few if any commercial wrecks are really that simple.

Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. They have plenty of strategies for that and are likely to argue their driver did nothing wrong, or at least that his actions weren't the true cause of the damage done. In Panola County, for example, they may have a convenient scapegoat in limited visibility considering police said a low hill nearby might have obscured the truck driver's view of approaching traffic. Is that true? The company doesn't have to know or care to say it was a factor, but proving it wasn't would be the victim's problem.

Some may think I'm just being cynical, but my concern comes from decades of working on commercial wrecks. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company simply admitted responsibility and tried to make things right. All the others dug in their heels and disputed fault every step of the way, so victims and families are best served by anticipating something similar and knowing how to deal with it. Click below to read more.

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